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Lightest and best backpack oven ever: Jetboil Stash First Look

Jetboil shaved a whopping 40% of its lightest oven to create the most pack-friendly cooking system ever.

Backpacking purists go to great lengths to cut every ounce possible. This includes cutting off excess packing straps, sawing off toothbrush handles, and cutting out any non-essential amenities. And often a stove and cooking system is one of the first conveniences (in favor of cold, dehydrated bagged meals and ready-to-eat options).

Today Jetboil hopes to change that with its new one Hide Furnace system. The Jetboil Stash is the brand’s “lightest backpack oven system ever,” adding just under 7.1 ounces to a pack. For this small ounce fine, hikers and campers receive a titanium burner and a 0.8 l aluminum saucepan with a lid.

Take away: At 7.1 ounces that is Hide It’s 40% lighter than the next lightest stove system from Jetboil.

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what’s included

We received an early sample of the stash for testing. And yes, it’s crazy light. Check Jetboil’s numbers – 7.1 ounces – for the stove and the saucepan and lid. However, the system also has a convenient collapsible three-legged fuel tank stand. And while the plastic tripod added weighs only 1 ounce, Jetboil admitted that it will be the first to be sacrificed among hardcore backpackers.

Here is the weight distribution by components:

  • Titanium burner: 2.1 oz.
  • 0.8 l aluminum pot: 4.5 oz. (5 ounces with lid)
  • Fuel tanks are: 1 ounce.

The system also includes a nice soft carrying bag for the titanium torch. I assume this will be saved to be able to store the burner in a few months and avoid scratches or other damage.

characteristics

In addition to the slim weight, Jetboil advertises some additional functions that should make the stash oven system an outstanding product of the competition.

First, the Jetboil Stash works as a complete nesting system. As the name suggests, the components “stow away” in the saucepan – burner, fuel container (100 g) and, if you want, the stand. For this purpose, the fuel container snaps into place under the lid, the stand folds up and sits at the bottom of the pot. The burner has a foldable flame control arm that can be stowed next to the fuel container.

Jetboil Stash backpack oven

If you transport your fuel separately, there is still enough space in the nest pot to stow a lighter, igniter or a pack of matches. This gets to the heart of an important point: the stash burner does not contain an ignition switch.

In addition, thanks to its patented FluxRing design, Jetboil offers half a liter (500 ml) of water in 2.5 minutes. For those who don’t know, Jetboil adds metal pleats to the bottoms of its cookware, effectively increasing the surface area, transferring more heat and reducing heating times.

I tested Jetboil’s claims by filling the 0.8L saucepan to the highest fill line (just below the lip) and igniting the burner to the maximum. Plus or minus a second (or 3) the water reached a rolling boil at exactly the specified 2.5 minutes.

Jetboil stash stove

Jetboil Stash backpack oven

The heart of the stash system is the burner / regulator. This titanium component marks the greatest technological advance in the world Hide.

The good news is that the stash works no differently than the systems you’re used to if you’ve used a backpack oven before. Jetboil made some notable changes, however. First, the torch itself uses a swinging blade design on the torch arms.

Unlike other ovens that fold up to save space in the backpack, the Stash has three arms that fold into one another. Personally, I found this to be an improvement over folding designs, which can be a little fussy. The stash is simple and practically foolproof. The arms only swing in one direction and stop when they’re in place.

In addition, the regulator arm folds under when it is disconnected from the fuel source. This will help with nesting in the saucepan. Like other ovens, the burner has teeth to hold the saucepan in place.

As with many jetboil stoves, the regulator has smooth operation and an almost unlimited setting within its range from maximum to maximum.

Should You Buy?

If you are a backpacker, yes. The technology (FluxRing, Titan) combined with the sophisticated nesting design and weight result in a state-of-the-art cooking system. The fact that Jetboil has reduced its lightest oven system by 40% is no small feat.

And if the execution is not enthusiastic, the price could be the kicker. The Jetboil Stash costs $ 125. Compared to other common systems – WindRurner from MSR ($ 150, 15.5 ounces) and PocketRocket 2 Mini ($ 85, 9.8 ounces) and Jetboil’s Flash ($ 110, 13.1 ounces) and minimum ($ 150, 14 ounces), the Jetboil Stash falls in the mid-range price range but beats the weight.

We only used the stash a couple of times, but the system seems to be chosen. There aren’t any major changes in functionality – if you’re used to backpack stoves, everything on the Stash will prove to be intuitive. The weight is right – really, the Stash upgrades the materials to create a lighter oven system that works the way backpackers expect. And even the small increase in price keeps the stash competitive in the backpack oven.

You can pre-order the jetboil Hide right now at Jetboil.com. The stash will be available wherever Jetboil is on sale on February 27th.

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